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Old 08-07-2013, 04:10 PM   #1
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Why buy airefare through disney

I checked out airfare through Disney and the fare was out righteously expanse appose to finding my own.......why would anyone purchase it??????

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I checked out airfare through Disney and the fare was out righteously expanse appose to finding my own.......why would anyone purchase it??????

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For the most part, purchasing DCL airfare, if you are traveling on the day of embarkation, is sort of an insurance policy. If there's a problem with the connections, then DCL will see that you get to the cruise. If you book your own airfare and miss a connection, you're on your own to get to the ship.
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Old 08-07-2013, 04:23 PM   #3
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Reasons to Purchase Airline Tickets Through DCL

1. Have more money than you know what to do with
2. Like surprises - hey look that flight that you paid $975 for leaves at 10:45pm and has 3 layovers / plane changes on the way to Orlando
3. Hate pre-planning - you paid for all of this six months ago --- four days before the ship sets sail, you get your flight itinerary - just tag your bags and you're good to go.


Can't think of the other 7 reason for this top 10 list...

Really, is there any good reason to buy airline tickets through DCL?
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Old 08-07-2013, 04:25 PM   #4
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For the most part, purchasing DCL airfare, if you are traveling on the day of embarkation, is sort of an insurance policy. ....
Now that's just crazy talk ... Fly in on embarkation day - what kind of sadist are you
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Old 08-07-2013, 04:39 PM   #5
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Now that's just crazy talk ... Fly in on embarkation day - what kind of sadist are you
I agree it's not the thing to do, but if you ARE going to do it, might as well buy directly through Disney.
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Now that's just crazy talk ... Fly in on embarkation day - what kind of sadist are you
Sometimes it can't be avoided. But, yes, it's a good idea to travel at least a day ahead.
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Old 08-07-2013, 05:00 PM   #7
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We were on the Dream back in January and they held the boat for those arriving on a weather delayed flight and had booked thru Disney...that to me was a good reason that I'd never considered before
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I checked out airfare through Disney and the fare was out righteously expanse appose to finding my own.......why would anyone purchase it??????

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Well, I did once and that was for a transatlantic cruise leaving from Barcelona. The price was better than anything I could find.
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Well, I did once and that was for a transatlantic cruise leaving from Barcelona. The price was better than anything I could find.
That's what we found also. Transatlantic out of Barcelona. The airfare was pretty much what I could find on my own. So we booked through DCL.
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Sometimes it can't be avoided. But, yes, it's a good idea to travel at least a day ahead.
If you have ever had your flight canceled an hour or two before take off you know it's a good idea to arrive at least a day before your cruise.
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We were on the Dream back in January and they held the boat for those arriving on a weather delayed flight and had booked thru Disney...that to me was a good reason that I'd never considered before
or you could fly schedule your flight and a hotel room the day before the ship leaves and you will still pay hundreds less than booking through Disney.

I think the only people that book airfare through Disney are uninformed, mostly first time, travelers
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or you could fly schedule your flight and a hotel room the day before the ship leaves and you will still pay hundreds less than booking through Disney.

I think the only people that book airfare through Disney are uninformed, mostly first time, travelers
Probably a lot of first time cruisers, yes. But not all uniformed. Our TA cruise we booked DCL air because the cost was actually the same as booking ourselves. And we felt more comfortable with the fact that, if there was a problem, DCL would ensure that we got to the ship at a subsequent port, if necessary.

We also flew in the day of our Alaska cruise (not DCL), booked through the cruiseline. Absolutely no problems.

I agree, in a perfect scenario, flying in the day before is best, but, as I said, sometimes it can't be avoided.
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Well I am a first timer to a Disney Cruise. But trust me when it to came to booking, I did a lot of research before I got everything through DCL. Yes I could have gotten things cheaper on my own. But looking to work out flights and hotels and car rentals and then getting them to fit together to make the ship on time was a headache. And yes I did do research for the day before. Also I don't drive and I decided not to let my 70 year old dad (who is going with me) to try and drive in a strange city even with gps. So I said to heck with it and let DCL take care of it for me. That way I got a lot of headache out of the way. Maybe next time and depends on who I go with, I might do it on my own.
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Well, I did only once and that was for the Transatlantic in 2011. The cost was way cheaper than I could get on Kayak, Aerlingus and any other search engine I could find. So it is not always cheaper to get the airfare on your own.
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We had Disney book our air for our first three cruises. I was so glad we had Disney book our air on our first cruise because they took care of rebooking us on flights after the Orlando airport was closed because of Hurricane Frances. The second cruise we didn't know any better. The third cruise we had did an air add on because 6 weeks before we were to sail DH's brother passed away after a sudden short illness. By the time I had a chance to look for flights, booking them myself wasn't any cheaper and we were very stressed.

One reason the flights are more through Disney is that they don't book the cheaper non-refundable fares.

This time, thanks to advice the DISboards we are flying down the day before and I booked our flights. The cost of the hotel and the cost of the flights is still $400 cheaper then doing DCL air.
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